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Phone: (940) 627-6700 Fax: (940) 627-2516 View Additional Phone Numbers 500 N Highway 287, Decatur, TX 76234
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Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
4000 Jackson Ave, Austin TX 78731
Phone Number: (888) 368-4689
Fax Number: (512) 465-4129
The number is P12061.
Type of Entity
Limited Partnership (LP)
Business ManagementMr. Karl Klement, President/Owner Mr. Derek Sugg, General Manager
Auto Dealers - New Cars
Alternate Business NamesKlement Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, LP
Industry TipsAutomobile sales
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500 N Highway 287
Decatur, TX 76234 (940) 627-6700 (800) 723-7227 Directions
THIS LOCATION IS NOT BBB ACCREDITED
PO Box 995
Decatur, TX 76234
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Complaint: I was in the market for a new 2015 Unlimited Jeep Sahara when I came across one on the Internet from Klement Chrysler Jeep in Decatur, TX for $37,274. It was a great price and just what I wanted, so I called and spoke with *****. He told me the car was available and he confirmed the price of the vehicle. I told him that I was interested in the vehicle and I was pre-approved for a loan and could pick the car up the next day if he could get the price down to $36,500. He checked with his manager named ***** and said that it was already discounted below the MSRP and that they could not get the price down that low. I told him I would call him the next day, but wanted to see if they could make it an even $37,000 and I would drive up there to pick it up the next day. The next day I spoke with *****, he told me that the vehicle was still available, but when I asked about getting the price to an even $37,000, he told me that the price was put in incorrectly on the internet and that he thought he could give it to me for that price, but would have to talk to his manager. When he got back on the phone, ***** told me his manager could no longer give me the $37,274 price because it was entered into the internet incorrectly. I informed him that it was not my fault they entered it in wrong and that I wanted to speak with *****. We went back and forth about changing the price when it clearly states the price of the vehicle on the internet. We were not getting anywhere and I reminded him that it is against the law to bait and switch the price that was already set and advertised. I asked to speak with the owner named ***** who wasn’t available at the time. ***** called back and told me how upset he was that his staff didn’t catch the mistake and that he could not give me the vehicle for $37,274 and was going to raise the price up to $38,000. I asked him how is it my fault they entered the price wrong and how can you now take the deal off the table and raise the price. That is considered bait and switch. He told me if I came in he might be able to lower the price. I asked him, what is my incentive for driving all the way over there for you to tell me, you can’t give me the price that was advertised and that you are going to raise the price to a higher price than advertised. It made no sense to me and here I am writing this because it is truly unethical to speak with a person who blames his staff for their wrong doing and then forfeits the deal that was advertised. What is interesting about the situation is the fact that after 3 weeks from speaking with the owner that the deal never changed to $38,000, but was still being advertised at $37,274 on their website. I have the photos to prove it. I was very upset about the entire situation and cannot believe this man runs this dealership and basically advertises his prices on the internet for people to call or come in and then they bait and switch the price and blame it on someone not entering a number correctly. It is disturbing to know there are people who are so deceiving in the world and will try to make an extra buck to get ahead, but doesn’t mind shaming his own staff.
Desired Settlement: I would like the BBB to know of this unethical business. ** ********** ************* *** *********** **** * ** **** ***** ** ******** ** *** ** *** **** *** ** ** ** ********* *** *** **** ** **** *** ***** ** **** *********** **** **** **** **** ********* ** *** ********* *** **** *** **** *** ***** ******* **** ********* **** **** ** *** ***** **** *** ********** ********* *** **** *** ****** ** *** ********* *** ******** ********
We do honor our prices online but as all of our disclaimers state you must qualify for the incentives and/or discounts listed on the site and it is the responsibility of the consumer to verify that they qualify for those discounts. Our disclaimers also state that in order to qualify for the advertised discounts the customer must finance through a Klement Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram lender. Our disclaimers are located on the Legal Notices & Disclaimers page, each of the vehicle inventory pages, and every individual vehicle page. We do not have any manager named Percy and the owners name is Karl Klement. Our GM’s name is *****. There was no wrong doing on our part, there was no “bait and switch” tactic because all of our disclaimers are abundantly and clearly displayed throughout the website. Please see attached document for reference to all disclaimer locations and content.
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Complaint: On June 5, 2015 my wife and mother in law flew to Decatur, Texas to buy a Chrysler 200S Convertible from Klement Chrysler Dodge and Jeep that my wife saw while searching for this particular car on the internet. When she spoke to the dealership, they explained that there were 7 dents on the trunk from a hail storm and they were taking money off of the price of the car. My wife and I were housed by the dealership at a hotel and then taken to the dealership to complete the deal. My wife and mother in law noted that the trunk had more than 7 dents on it from hail damage as well as damage on the hood of the vehicle as well. My wife still went to complete the sale and handed Klement a check for $37,000 and they drove away. While driving down the road, the vehicle had started to chug and run very poorly. She took the vehicle back and I demanded that she rip the check up. Klement had been dishonest with us about the dents on the vehicle and had enough time to run the car to find out that it had an issue. I did speak to the manager that told me that the vehicle chugged due to having to be "Re-Flashed" then it was to be driven over 20 miles to reset. However, that is a total crock. They attempted to sell a vehicle that was damaged more than they said as well as having mechanical problems.
Desired Settlement: I would like to have the $800.00 it took for my wife and my mother in law to be covered by the dealership. We learned a very big lesson.... I would also appreciate that they not do this to any one else. The vehicle is still for sale on the internet. They need to get rid of that POS!
MESSAGE FROM BUSINESS:
In response to Complaint ID# ******** filed by ***** ****** *****:
I found the convertible online and called the dealership to ask questions about the car. It was several conversations before the disclosure of hail damage on the trunk. Specifically, I was told there were 7 hail spots on the trunk of the car. I requested photos of the damage and received 4 photos of the trunk only. I am not sure they are even of the correct car because the photos show nothing, which was significantly different than what was actually on the trunk of the car or the rest of the car. There was damage all over the car not just on the trunk as I was led to believe. Had I known there was hail damage all over the car I never would have gone down to Texas. I was told there were 7 spots but there was extensive damage all over the car. In making the plans to go down to Texas it was agreed that the dealership would pay for my plane ticket and the hotel for the night. When we were taken to the dealership I was so excited to see the car. I was disappointed in the condition of the car with the hail damage but decided that I had come so far and didn’t want to walk away from it. When I took it for a test drive the car ran horribly, I took it back and said the deal was off, and I was told it just needed an update and to wait to decide. We drove it again and it still was not right. Finally the dealership promised they had fixed the problem even though no sensors indicated what the problem was. The car had been sitting on the lot for almost a year. I was given the miles on the car as 52 miles when I called, I was told that the car was taken the day before I arrived to be filled and driven to make sure that it was all ready however, when I took the car for a test drive the mileage was still at 52 miles. The dealership said that the car was fixed and there were no more problems. I was stupid enough to believe them. We finished the deal and we headed out. We were 10 minutes down the road when the car started chugging again. We turned around and went back to the dealership. My husband called to check on our status and I told him what had happened. He was mad that I did not walk away from the deal when I first saw that the dealership had lied at the status of the hail damage on the car. He insisted that the deal be cancelled and I agreed with the state of the engine, I did not feel comfortable driving it across the country. I was asked by one of the employees, “Well what are you going to do now, fly home?” in a very sarcastic tone. It was then that I realized that they had figured that since I had come so far with a one way plane ticket that there was no way that I was going to walk away from the deal and that they could unload that piece of crap car. I asked to be taken back to the airport where I rented a car and drove back home. I was completely disappointed in the failure of this deal and that the dealership was not honest to begin with. While I was there I was told that there was a dealership that wanted the car but they said that they held it for me, yet I see that the car is still on their lot. I guess that dealership didn’t want a car that doesn’t run properly either.
The existence of hail damage on the vehicle was disclosed and pictures of every panel of the specific vehicle she was looking to purchase were sent to the customer. There are no other vehicles of this model and trim line on the lot so the pictures were of the correct vehicle. We had a hail storm in 2014 and there was never a count taken on the specific number of hail dents on any vehicle, and no specific number of dents was disclosed to the customer. The dealership agreed to pay for the hotel stay for the customer but never agreed to paying for the plane ticket itself because in discussion with the customer on price she ask if any further discount could be made to accommodate her travel expense and she received an additional discount on the vehicle, on top of the discount for the disclosed hail damage, to help cover that cost. The salesman picked the customer up at the airport and took her to the hotel and paid for it, he also picked the customer up the next morning and brought her to the dealership. All of her transportation needs were taken care of by the dealership while she was here. The customer did not drive the vehicle a second time until after she had chosen to purchase the car, completed all paperwork, including a hail damage waiver, and produced a check for the vehicle. At this point she took the vehicle for the 2nd time. The vehicle is a 2014 model and had been on the lot for a year and in that time a flash had come out for that vehicle and unfortunately didn’t get performed until the customer arrived. This is not something that “sensors indicate” this is just like a recall or update that comes out for the vehicle that needs to be performed. The flash (which was what was required to fix the vehicle) requires that the car be driven 20 miles to reset the PCM (car’s computer). As we stated in our previous response, we should have taken the car for that 20 mile reset drive before it was given back to the customer. When the vehicle was brought back after the purchase, the GM took the vehicle and completed the flash with the 20 mile reset drive. Upon returning from the drive the GM found the customer upset and wanting out of the deal. He obliged that request no questions asked, returned her check, and voided her contracts even though the vehicle was at that time and still is in proper working condition. No employee was sarcastic with the customer, the question was genuine in that they wanted to help her get home. Several employees were instructed to get on the phone and find a rental company for the customer. A rental company was found an hour away at the airport and the customer was taken to the airport so she could rent a car. No employee would ever assume a customer is just going to take a car deal, and we were in no way trying to “unload” a vehicle on the customer. We were honest from the start with the hail damage and have continued to be throughout this process. Another dealership did want that vehicle but our customers are priority so we will not sell a vehicle a customer is looking at to another dealership just to make a deal. The vehicle does remain on our lot only because dealings with other dealerships happen quickly and they will move on and find another vehicle for their customer if the one they want is not available instantly. The vehicle ran properly and to factory specs while the customer was here. The vehicle is still running properly and is backed by a 5 year / 100,000 mile Chrysler warranty.